UB.com / Absolute Poker files for bankruptcy
absolute poker, bankruptcy, black friday, party poker, ub.com.
Posted on 05 May 2011 by "T".
A couple of weeks have now passed since FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice closed down 3 of the world's largest poker sites in the U.S. and charged 11 persons with running illegal online gambling operations. Black Friday happened over a night and turned the poker world upside down to say the least. Ever since Black Friday lots of rumors regarding what will happen with U.S. players outstanding funds have circulated on the web.
It didn't take long before the world's 2 largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, started paying back their customers money. However, UB.com / Absolute Poker hasn't said much and therefore also left their customers dead worried. According to what American newspapers write today, the parent company Blanca Gaming has no ability to pay back its customers outstanding funds and therefore they have filed for bankruptcy. They have also been forced to let go of 300 employees in Costa Rica where the company is based.
Where is it safe to play poker online?
This is a question many poker players have asked themselves in the past few weeks. Well, if we look in the past, Party Poker is one of the sites that really can be trusted. Party Poker used to be the biggest poker site in the world before they were forced to close down in the U.S. a few years ago. They paid back their U.S. customers then and they would for sure do it again if something similar happened in, for example, Europe. Even though Party Poker lost a big part of its customer base and were forced to pay some enormous fines, they are still going strong today with great PLO/NLH/FLH action around the clock and some of the biggest guarantee tournaments online. We, BankrollMob, have some great bonuses at Party Poker as well ($150 no deposit bonus & $50 gift offer), which makes it an even better place to play poker at.
| mazas||05/05/2011 13:05:09 GMT|
| bad news for people who playedf there have money and now all was frozen sites will go to bankrupct and all the money will be stolen they work hard and now all the job for money increasing was just stolen Sad|
bad bad bad Sad
good luck and never loose your hope
| BMWman||05/05/2011 13:21:36 GMT|
| another thread about same thing....|
| Macubaas||05/05/2011 13:26:03 GMT|
| It was clear this is the end result for these two poker platforms. They had very few european poker players on their sites to start with so now no one really plays there. No rake means no buisness. Still it's hard to believe that pokerstars and full tilt poker will have the same outcome, even as i type these words pokerstars has over 100.000 players online and full tilt poker has over 75.000 players online so make sure rake is still generated.|
I'm sorry for alll the people that had money on those poker platforms, the future doesn't look too bright for them but i hope they'll be able in the end to recover all or some of the money they had in their accounts.
Good luck to all!
| jovicakralj||05/05/2011 13:47:44 GMT|
| Ups... After I read this I have made withdraw. I really like UB, especially HU SNG. And I made same nice money on MTTs there. Sad news. I really hope they will find way to sort it out... |
| Fakiry||05/05/2011 13:52:04 GMT|
| Bankruptcy can be a strategy for Absolute Poker to loose the least possible with this investigation. This way, they can give away all social capital from this enterprise and then start a new one, with other name, just like a new identity rising. This is called technic bankruptcy, and many companies, when passing bad moments, do this in order to reduce the costs of all the operations. Can you believe its cheaper to "take everything down" and "build again from the start" than to pay for the debts and continue with business? The business world is really complex.|
Bankruptcy can be a strategy for Absolute Poker to loose the least possible with this investigation. This way, they can give away all social capital from this enterprise and then start a new one, with other name, just like a new identity rising. This is called technic bankruptcy, and many companies, when passing bad moments, do this in order to reduce the costs of all the operations. Can you believe its cheaper to "take everything down" and "build again from the start" than to pay for the debts and continue with business? The business world is really complex.
| Macubaas||05/05/2011 14:22:21 GMT|
| It makes sense actually, i know other companies from united states(not poker or gambling related) did this a while ago. But again i must say this can be a really risky move, imagine what the players will think about the new poker platform(s) that they'll create next. Who do you think will have confidence to make a deposit at them and start playing knowing what they did the first time.|
As also think Party Poker is the safeest poker room for the moment, the software is pretty good but the only disadvantage is that the stakes for some types of games are waay too high compared to other sites(plo and hu sng).
| GIOMi6||05/05/2011 15:16:31 GMT|
| Well this is very bad news for players who had funds at those pokersites, This make you think where is our money safe to play at. ???|
| SuperNoob||05/05/2011 20:10:58 GMT|
| wow never expected this to happen, sure they lost lots of players but bankrupt.|
i dont play much there but guess with this happening i can say goodbye to around 100$ i have there.
| Btownd87||05/05/2011 22:38:39 GMT|
| Who really expected these guys to pay that money back? These are the 2 poker rooms who had superuser accounts and multiple cheating scandals. Good riddance to bad rubbish.|
| Arithmajik||05/05/2011 23:21:25 GMT|
| That is bad news for anyone who played there. Many sympathies and condolences to those who lost their funds. I hope that somehow in the processing their insolvency that your funds are miraculously returned to you.|
| Greenmohave||05/05/2011 23:34:27 GMT|
| I think some investors should investigate what policies or requirements if any, need to be established to implement a legal on-line poker site in the U.S. If the U.S. government would allow a on-line site to be established here in the U.S. and players would have to pay taxes on their winnings would or could this be establisehed legitimately. I'm telling you, if this could happen, the first to do so will be wealthy beyond their dreams. So anyone out there who has the time, the backing and the initial money to invest had ought to think about this. |
Maybe the U.S. Government should be the backers and establish this themselves. Do something for the people that would be enjoyable to many. Make it open to all countries, but let there be acknowledgement that all winnings are taxible.
| JazzyJeff||06/05/2011 01:07:19 GMT|
Again this thread? Well gl to all who have funds on these sites
| doomdy||06/05/2011 06:40:30 GMT|
| Very very sad news |
I really hope others dont follow.
I wud say Moneybookers ftw atm so keep the funds very low.
| djpremier||06/05/2011 22:02:58 GMT|
| I hope they find a way to pay their customers.. Althought it should be the governments job now ....|
| Reiiz||07/05/2011 21:55:58 GMT|
| Sick, bad news for international Poker|
| Davoodoo||07/05/2011 22:09:20 GMT|
| Yes it sucks but when you create an account at ANY site you agree that they can close you account down and take every cent in your account without having to even explain to you why ... so the only thing one can do is to whine about it in pokerforums |
| BrettL789123||08/05/2011 09:07:36 GMT|
| I wonder if all the pro players that had thousands locked up and recieved sponorship will be getting there money somehow vs the natural players on the site|
| Fiste||08/05/2011 19:26:33 GMT|
| pretty crazy what happened... I didn't believe when I saw... black friday, definitelly BLACK |
I don't know where to play now? where is safe to play? I am from Europe, but it doesn't matter, this can happen to me also, or could.. I don't know... party poker maybe?? I don't know... I am not smart right now... Does anyone has any suggestions?? Where is safe to put my money?? tnx
| BrettL789123||09/05/2011 01:17:01 GMT|
| since you live in europe, you would probally be safe to play at any site that doesnt allow US players. Party poker is probably one of the safest sites out there available for european players imo|